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What killed Elisa Lam, whose body rotted for 2 weeks in a hotel water tank?

WARNING:

This post, especially the surveillance video at the end, will unnerve you. Make your own judgment as to what happened to Elisa Lam, but note that the title of this post is “What killed Elisa Lam,” not “Who killed Elisa Lam”.

Elisa Lam

On February 19, 2013, the body of Elisa Lam (pic above), a 21-year-old college student from Vancouver, Canada, was found in a gigantic water tank on the roof of Cecil Hotel, a rundown hotel in Los Angeles’ tenderloin district which marketed itself as cheap lodging for international tourists but also rented rooms to long-term residents.

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The young woman had traveled alone to California for tourism, arriving on January 27. Reportedly in daily contact with her parents in Vancouver, Lam was last seen by hotel employees on January 31, which meant her body had been in the water tank for more than two weeks.

Indeed, for two weeks guests at the Cecil Hotel had complained of low water pressure and a foul taste in the water. After the discovery of Lam’s body, L.A. County health officials at first issued a do-not-drink order. After conducting two tests of the water, officials declared the water was safe from a “microbiological standpoint.” Chlorine in the water probably killed any bacteria in the tank where Lam’s body was found. 

On June 20, 2013, Los Angeles Coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said Lam’s body had no signs of trauma indicating foul play, and ruled her death “an accident with bipolar disorder listed as a significant condition,” without elaborating what “significant condition” meant. Toxicology tests found nothing that contributed to her death. Authorities have not said how they believe Lam got into the tank. She had simply “accidentally drowned.”

But as you can see from the pictures below of the hotel’s water tanks, how Lam could have climbed up to the top of the 8-foot tall, 4-foot diameter tank, pushed aside the lid, “accidentally” fell into the tank, then put the lid back on and “accidentally drowned” defies a rational explanation.  For an assailant to drag her  body up to the top of the tank would be even more difficult.

The only ways to get to the roof are via a fire escape and a locked door to which only employees have access. The door is equipped with an alarm system that notifies hotel personnel if someone is on the roof.

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The hotel has a checkered and rather spooky history, including: 

  • “Night Stalker” serial killer Richard Ramirez, who died of cancer June 7 while on death row for 13 slayings in the 1980s, had lived on the hotel’s 14th floor for several months in 1985.
  • In 1962, a female occupant jumped out of a hotel window, killing herself and a pedestrian.

Before the discovery of her body, police searching for Lam had released a surveillance video of the hotel elevator, showing her behaving oddly — pushing buttons for multiple floors, peering out of the elevator, stepping in and out of the elevator, waving her arms, and seemingly trying to hide herself in a corner. The video triggered widespread speculation and conspiracy theories about her death on the Internet in the U.S., Canada, and especially in China, where the video went viral.

Warning: The video is disturbing, more so than a horror movie because it’s not a movie. Please watch the video till the end, even after Lam had exited the elevator. Tell me if you see movement in the wall of the elevator, including a face. I’m not joking.

Sources: USA Today; CBS News; L.A. Times; CNNVigilant Citizen.

~Eowyn

Fred On Everything

This was sent to me as an email from my bud. Never heard of Fred before, but I have to say he is a bit insane.  :)   There is a link below for all of his columns. Enjoy,   ~Steve~

http://www.fredoneverything.net/fred-columns.shtml

Certifiable

Certifiable

Blacks And The Politics Of Racial Extortion

Will It Work Forever?

Oh, Lord. I’d pull my hair out, if I had more.

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Slavery Reparations………..by Fred Reed!

As you will recall, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Harvard professor who got arrested by Cambridge Police not too long ago. 

Fred Reed was a police reporter for one of the large Washington newspapers. 
He now writes a column which can be Googled ~

http://www.fredoneverything.net/fred-columns.shtml )

“Fred on Everything.”

Fred published a weekly online column in which he got to say the things his editors would never, ever have let him write in the paper. His stuff is iconoclastic and various articles have probably offended everyone…regardless of political  orientation. So, with the 
warning that “This is definitely not politically correct,” here comes Fred…

The following is an essay regarding the failings of a system and a culture. 
Please note that he elegantly describes the mood of many Americans and he does so without prejudice.

Slavery Reparations………..by Fred Reed!

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On the Web I find that Henry Louis Gates Jr., the chairman of Afro-American Studies at Harvard, is demanding that whites, pay reparations to blacks. It’s because of slavery, see. He is joined in this endeavor by a gaggle of other professional blacks. I guess he’ll send me a bill.

Huh? I feel like saying, Let me get this straight, Hank. I’m slow. Be patient. You want free money because of slavery, right?

I don’t blame you. I’d like free money too.

Tell you what. I believe in justice. I’ll give you a million dollars for every slave I own, and another million for every year you were a slave. Fair enough? But tell me, how many slaves do you suppose I have? In round numbers, I mean. Say to the nearest dozen. And how long were you a slave?

Oh.

In other words, I owe you reparations for something that I didn’t do and didn’t happen to you. That makes sense. Like lug nuts on a birthday cake.

Personally, I think you owe me reparations for things you didn’t do and never happened to me. I’ve never been coated in Dutch chocolate and thrown from the Eiffel Tower. I’ll bet you’ve never done it to anyone.

I want reparations.

Kinda silly, isn’t it?

But if we’re going to talk about reparations, that’s a street that runs in two directions. You want money from me for what some other whites did to some other blacks in another century. How about you guys paying whites reparations for current expenses caused by blacks? Not long ago blacks burned down half of Los Angeles, a city in my country. Cities are expensive, Hank. Build one sometime and you’ll see what I mean. Whites had to pay taxes to repair Los Angeles for you. You can send me a check.

Now, yes, I know you burned LA because you didn’t like the verdict in the trial of those police officers. Well, I didn’t like the verdict in the Simpson trial. But I didn’t burn my house and loot Korean grocers.

Over the years blacks have burned a lot of American cities: Newark, Detroit, Watts, on and on. Now add in the fantastic cost over the years of welfare in all its forms, of large police forces and jails and security systems in department stores. I can’t live in the capital city of my own country because of crime committed by blacks. Toss in the cultural cost of lowering standards in everything for the benefit of blacks.

See what I mean?

Now, I’d view things differently if you said, “Fred, blacks can’t get anywhere in a modern country without education. We know that. We need better schools, smarter teachers, harder courses, books with smaller pictures and bigger words. Can you help us?”

I’d say, “Hallelujah! Hoo-ahh! Not just yes, but hell yes. Let’s sell an aircraft carrier and get these folks some real schools and get them into the economic mainstream.” I’d say it partly because it would be the right thing to do, and partly because I’d like to add you guys to the tax base. The current custodial state is expensive. I’d just love for blacks to study and learn to compete and stop burning places.

But is it going to happen?

You may not believe it, but I, and most whites, don’t like seeing blacks as miserable and screwed up as they are. I spend a fair amount of time in the projects. Those places are ugly. It’s no fun watching perfectly good kids turn into semi-literate dope dealers who barely speak English. It just plain ain’t right.

But, Hank, what am I supposed to do about it? I can’t do your children’s homework. At some point, people have to do things for themselves, or they don’t get done.

Maybe it’s time.

I’ll tell you what I see out in the world, Hank. I think blacks are too accustomed to getting anything they want by just demanding it. True, it has worked for over half a century. Get a few hundred people in the street, implicitly threaten to loot and burn, holler about slavery, and the Great White Cash Spigot turns on.

Thing is, whites don’t much buy it any longer. Most recognize that what once was a civil-rights movement has become a shakedown game. Few people still feel responsible for the failings and inadequacies of blacks. Political correctness keeps the lid on–but everyone knows the score.

Which scares me, Hank. On one hand, blacks hate whites and incline toward looting and burning. (The whites you hate are the ones who marched in the civil-rights movement. Ever think about that?) On the other hand, whites quietly grow wearier and wearier of it. Not good.

On the third hand (allow me three hands, for rhetorical convenience) blacks keep demanding things. As I write, you demand reparations for slavery. Blacks in Oklahoma (I think it was) want money for some ancient race riot. Other blacks reject the Declaration of Independence, blacks in New York hint broadly at burning and looting over a trial, yet more demand the elimination of the Confederate flag, and the federal equal-opportunity apparatus, which means blacks, wants to sue Silicon Valley for not hiring nonexistent black engineers.

That’s a lot of demanding for one month, Hank. What happens if whites ever say, “No”?

Now, how about you? You’ve got a cushy job up there at Harvard, and you can hoot and holler about what swine and bandits whites are. I guess it’s lots of fun, and you get a salary for it. But don’t you think you might do blacks more good if you told them to complain less and study more?

For example, if you want blacks to work in Silicon Gulch, the best approach might be to find some really smart black guys, and get them to study digital design, not Black Studies. That’s how everybody else does it. It works. Then blacks wouldn’t feel left out, and racial tension would decline. Sound like a plan?

Just out of curiosity, how many hours a week do professors of Afro-American Studies spend in the projects, encouraging poor black kids to study real subjects, Hank?

Oh.

~Steve~                                            H/T  I_Man               

http://www.fredoneverything.net/Reparations.shtml

The Captain Has Advised You To Fasten Your Saftey Belt.

The Fuse has been lit……….

 

Pick a headline, any headline.

I’m especially fond of 

“Every Fu*King Cop Is a Fu*king Target”

America gripped by second night of fury...Police fire rubber bullets in LA freeway...Thousands pack Times Square...CA protesters break windows, start fires...Cause Gridlock In Midtown Manhattan...'Every F**king Cop Is a F**king Target'...MARION BARRY: 'Good news is Zimmerman will never be in peace'...NY Giants Star: 'Zimmerman Doesn't Last Year Before Hood Catches Up to Him'...Falcons WR: Jurors 'Should Go Home Tonight And Kill Themselves'...Beyonce holds moment of silence at concert...Celebs React...Sharpton: 'Slap in Face'...
OBAMA: HONOR TRAYVON WITH GUN-CONTROL...
Justice Dept: Under Review...

Halted: Traffic came to a halt Sunday evening on Los Angeles' I-10 freeway as Trayvon Martin supporters swarmed the road in protest of his killer's acquittal, stopping all traffic

Halted: Traffic came to a halt Sunday evening on Los Angeles’ I-10 freeway as Trayvon Martin supporters swarmed the road in protest of his killer’s acquittal, stopping all traffic

Impressive crowd: A shot from high up shows the Times Square crowds considerable size

Impressive crowd: A shot from high up shows the Times Square crowds considerable size

Have to say these 2 pics kinda give me the Heebie Jeebies.

(That’s a technical term for could be deep doo doo real quick.)

~Steve~                               H/T Drudge

PS. So much for the peaceful protests. In That case may I say it is my sincere desire that any an all who who engage in violence may you step off the curb and get hit by a bus. 

These views not endorsed by FOTM, just little ole me

PSS. I’m sick of the whole thing, and wash my hands of it. Back to jokes .

LIVE: Fugitive Dorner in shootout with police in Big Bear / Update, May be Dead !!!

Dorner May Have Died In Fire After Standoff; Deputy Shot To Death

 http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/12/authorities-responding-to-big-bear-home-on-report-of-hostage-situation-unknown-if-connected-to-dorner/

Reports of automatic gunfire ringing out.

Listen Live now

Accused cop killer Christopher Dorner is reportedly in the middle of a gun battle with police in the Big Bear area of Southern California.  There have been reports of one or two officers down during the reported shooting.

A Fish and Game warden might be one of the wounded.  Authorities swarmed to the scene earlier today after it was reported Dorner was spotted in the area.  The gun battle is reportedly happening near Glass Road and Highway 38.

Earlier reports said Dorner had tied up a couple in a cabin in the area and possibly stole a truck.  Dorner is accused of killing three people in the Los Angeles area, including one Riverside police officer.

He’s been the subject of a manhunt since last week. In his manifesto Dorner said he did not want to be taken alive.

Update!!!

Transcript: Reporter Carter Evans Trapped In Center Of Dorner Gunfight

IG BEAR (CBSLA.com) — CBS2/KCAL9 correspondent Carter Evans was describing the situation to anchor Sandra Mitchell via cell phone when authorities began exchanging gunfire with fugitive Christopher Dorner. Gunfire was heard from several directions.

»COMPLETE COVERAGE: SoCal Manhunt

BACKGROUND: yelling, faintly “Get out of here, get out of here”

SANDRA: Is that someone yelling the background, carter?

CARTER: Yeah, we got authorities yelling at us to get out of here, but we don’t know where to go, frankly to tell you the truth.

….

SANDRA: Carter what are you hearing, what are you seeing.

CARTER: Uh, I see authorities, I’m going to have to speak quieter now, I have you on the speaker phone. I see authorities honing in on an area on a cabin that is about 200 feet ahead of us right now. I see a lot of these authorities moving to take cover themselves.

[SOUND OF GUNFIRE]

CARTER: I hear some screaming, you heard all that gunfire.

SANDRA: That was gunfire.

CARTER: I see a team of sheriff’s deputies in full-on fatigues with weapons drawn running toward us right now. We are down on the ground behind the wheels of our car right now and the door is open, I am talking to you on the speaker phone. We are right, right in the center of the action here, we are right where this is happening.

….

CARTER: We’re trying to, we’re not moving from our vehicle, because this is a very fluid situation. We’re staying here, we don’t want to get caught in the crossfire ourselves.

UNIDENTIFIED: Hey you! Come here!

CARTER: Me?

UNIDENTIFIED: You! Come here! [Unintelligible]

[SOUND OF RAPID-FIRE GUNFIRE]

UNIDENTIFIED: Hey! Get the f— out of here now!

[Unintelligible]

[SOUND OF GUNFIRE]

[Unintelligible yelling]

[SOUND OF GUNFIRE]

….

SANDRA: I want to check back with Carter Evans. Carter? Are you there?

….

[YELLING]

UNIDENTIFIED: Get the f— down. Down! Keep it down!

[UNINTELLIGIBLE]

UNIDENTIFIED 2: Hey, hey! …Get the f— out, get the f— out now.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/12/transcript-reporter-carter-evans-pinned-down-in-center-of-dorner-gunfight/

Read more: http://www.970wfla.com/cc

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~Steve~

The Sunday Funny Papers

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Splinters in Her Crotch!

A woman from Los Angeles who was a tree  Hugger, a liberal Democrat, and an anti-hunter, purchased a piece of  Timberland near Colville, WA. There was a large tree on one of the  highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural  splendor of her land; so, she started to climb the big tree. As she neared the top, she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to a  Local ER to see a doctor.

She told him she was an environmentalist, a democrat, and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to wait In the examining room and he would see if he could help her.  She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared. The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?” He smiled and told her,  “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency,  The Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a “recreational area” so close to a  waste treatment facility. I’m sorry, but due to ObamaCare, they turned me down.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

~Steve~                               H/T   May

Having solved all problems, LA Council focuses on priorities

Los Angeles City Council calls for ‘Meatless Mondays,’ cites health and  environmental concerns

NY Daily News: The drive-thru capital of the world has declared Mondays meatless.

In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution  encouraging residents to go vegetarian on the first day of the work week as part  of an international movement aimed at reducing the planet’s meat  consumption.

“Eating less meat can prevent and even reverse some of our nation’s most  common illnesses,” Councilwoman Jan Perry said. “We’ve become disconnected in some ways from the simple truth that our health is directly affected by the foods we eat.”

The councilwoman noted that meat-rich diets can play a part in the  development of heart disease and cancers of the kidney, prostate, breast and  colon. “We can reduce saturated fats and reduce the risk of heart disease by 19  percent,” Perry said.

Environmentally, reducing meat consumption can shrink a community’s carbon  footprint and help slow global warming.

Still, the city’s anti-meat motion doesn’t really have teeth: It is not backed by force of law and is merely a recommendation, but council members hope  it will encourage residents to take a few small steps to improve their health  and the environment.

This move aligns the city with a larger meatless campaign launched in 2003 by affiliates of  the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. It has since  been backed by 30 public health schools.

Even though Los Angeles has a budget deficit of over $230 million, their unemployment rate is 9.4%, and has over 23,00o homeless citizens, the council chooses to spend their time on a useless resolution. Priorities, after all.

DCG

Rodney King dead at 47

Remember Rodney King — whose beating by cops in 1991 ignited one of the worst riots in the history of Los Angeles?

King was found dead today, at age 47.

Rodney King in 2004 (Photo by J. Emilio Flores for NYT)

According to the New York Times, police in Rialto, Calif., said they received a 911 call at 5:25 a.m. Sunday from King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, who reported finding him at the bottom of his swimming pool. King, 47, had been living in Rialto, a small middle-class city, for several years.

Police arrived and removed King’s body from the pool and tried to resuscitate him. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m.

Lt. Dean Hardin of the Rialto police said that officers were investigating the case as a drowning and that there are no signs of foul play. The San Bernardino County coroner’s office will perform an autopsy.

On March 3, 1991, King was driving at over 100 miles per hour when he was pulled over by the Los Angeles police. After he attempted to escape on foot, he was caught by several officers who proceeded to beat him. He was struck with batons and kicked dozens of times, as well as shot with stun guns. He later said that he was running from the police because he was afraid that he would be in violation of his parole on a 1989 robbery conviction.

The next year, after officers involved in the beating were acquitted, angry black rioters rampaged through the streets of L.A., smashing and looting stores, beating passing motorists and setting scores of fires. The riots left 65 dead.

In the two decades since the riots, King has been in and out of jail and rehabilitation centers, mostly for drug and alcohol abuse. He has been arrested multiple times for driving under the influence, and spent short stints in prison in the late 1990s for assaulting his ex-wife and daughter. In recent years he has appeared on the television shows “Celebrity Rehab” and “Sober Living” on VH1.

In April, King published a memoir detailing his struggles, saying in several interviews that he was hopeful, but that he had not been able to find steady work and was essentially broke.

The “broke” Rodney King lived in this swanky house with a pool

TMZ reports that “sources close to King” said that Cynthia Kelley, King’s fiancée, is telling friends Rodney had been drinking and smoking pot all day Saturday, in the hours leading up to his death.

Kelley went to bed at 2:00 AM, Sunday. She next saw King at around 5:00 AM when she was awoken by him screaming in the backyard, naked and banging on the glass. She called out to him, “What’s wrong, Rodney?”, then went to grab her phone when she heard a big splash. She went to the backyard and discovered him in the bottom of the pool and called police.

H/t FOTM’s beloved moxielouise & Dennis

~Eowyn

Dog risks own life by staying next to dead friend

If your friend were killed by a car on a busy street, would you risk your life by staying close to his/her body, as cars whisk by?

That’s what a black Labrador retriever did on a busy street in Los Angeles.

Brave: Animal care officials removed the injured animal and took the black lab to Baldwin Park Animal Care Center where it will be made available for adoption

As recounted by the Daily Mail, April 15, 2012, a black female Lab braved traffic to stay next to a motionless yellow Labrador with blood on its head, on Hacienda Blvd. in Los Angeles, as vehicles pass dangerously close to the dogs. The yellow Lab had been fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Finally, a good Samaritan motorist intervened, put down traffic cones to alert other drivers, called animal control, and took this video:

Animal control officials eventually arrived and took the frightened but unharmed black Lab to the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center. The animal shelter’s director Marcia Mayeda said, “When I saw the video clip taken from a passerby’s cellphone, it made me emotional.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) said in a statement: The black Lab was “laying in the street next to another dog, which was motionless and had suffered obvious head trauma,” according the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Animal shelter staff and volunteers named the loyal black Lab “Grace.”
Grace is two years old, appears to have been well cared for but does not have a tag or microchip implant. But nobody has came forward to claim her, so she is up for adoption.
Loyal: Grace was laying in the street next to another dog, which was motionless and had suffered obvious head trauma

Sherman Oaks Patch reports that the unnamed good Samaritan who came to Grace’s help has offered to adopt her. But as of April 16, 2012, he still had not come for her.

Happily, Grace’s loyalty garnered so much publicity and international attention that, even if the good Samaritan doesn’t show up, there are five other people who have indicated they want to adopt Grace.

CBS Los Angeles reports that the owners of Grace, whose real name is Maggie, have come forth to claim her and provided documentation that showed Maggie is their pet.  They deny knowing about the yellow Lab.  They will take possession of Maggie, probably on April 17, after authorities inspect their property. The owners, whose names were not being released publicly, will be issued citations for having an unregistered dog, and for allowing the animal to run loose.

I hope Maggie’s owners take better care of her. And just between you and me, I don’t believe their story that they don’t know the yellow Labrador.

~Eowyn

Why you shouldn’t walk and text at the same time

~Eowyn

Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz Taps Out in Tough Radio Interview

‘Borderline Offensive’: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Left Nearly Speechless After Tough Interview

If those interviews by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, where she does nothing but spew talking points and condescending quips, annoy you, then you will likely jump for joy over what you’re about to hear.

Doug McIntyre, a radio host at 790 KABC-RADIO in Los Angeles, interviewed the chairwoman on Monday about the DNC’s decision to name LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to head the party’s convention. As McIntyre notes, Villaraigosa has his critics in Southern California (“Los Angeles can’t even pave the sidewalks”), and McIntryre was floored that he was chosen.

Considering that, he did the opposite of a fluff interview and did the impossible: he left the snarky Wasserman Schultz nearly speechless. Sure, she was able to fall back on to some talking points (demonizing the rich, blaming Republicans), but by the end, she tapped out.

Intyre said, back in 2009 LA Magazine dubbed Villaraigosa a “failure.”

“It’s a common enough sentiment around town, even among Democrats, but a pretty startling turn given the early pro-Antonio leaning of the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Kit Rachlis,” LAObserved wrote at the time.

And yes, LA Weekly has dubbed him the “11 percent” mayor for his lack of time spent in LA. Here’s how the Weekly responded when Villaraigosa was picked as the new head of the conference of mayors.

“So the 11 percent mayor will now have even less time in his busy schedule of flying around the world, holding press conferences, and cutting ribbons to do any real work for Angelenos,” it said. But it didn’t stop there: “Wonder what Villaraigosa plans for the conference’s future? Lessons in how to write a city budget by obscuring important facts and figures.”

Just goes to show that when you hit a liberal with an unending stream of facts they will fold up like a cheap suit, in Schultz’s case it’s a cheap pantsuit.

Tom in NC